State of New Hampshire v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Concord, NH — Today, the State of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court over Massachusetts' unconstitutional tax grab.
"New Hampshire has no choice but to seek relief in our Nation’s highest court," said Governor Chris Sununu. "Massachusetts cannot balance its budget on the backs of our citizens and punish our workers for working from home to keep themselves, their families, and those around them safe. We are going to fight this unconstitutional attempt to tax our citizens every step of the way, and we are going to win."
“As Attorney General it is my highest duty to protect the people of New Hampshire and our collective interest as a sovereign state," said Attorney General Gordon MacDonald. "That is exactly what we are doing today by commencing an action against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
The State of New Hampshire attempted to resolve this without having to go to court, and proposed modifications to the rule that would have addressed New Hampshire's concerns. Unfortunately, the State's proposals fell on deaf ears.
- A copy of the lawsuit can be found here.
- Today's press conference can be viewed on the Governor's Facebook page here.
Background: When Massachusetts proposed extending this unconstitutional taxation of New Hampshire citizens this past Summer, Governor Sununu immediately spoke out against the proposed rule and directed the Department of Justice to review it. Despite the DOJ's determination that the proposed rule raised various legal concerns, and the overwhelming opposition expressed at the proposed rule's public hearing, Massachusetts has made the decision to approve the rule and continue to confiscate income from Granite Staters during a global pandemic. Therefore, the State of New Hampshire has taken this to the United States Supreme Court.